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Led microcontroller for thickos?

Discussion in 'Microcontrollers, Programming and IoT' started by jimcanswim, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. jimcanswim

    jimcanswim

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    Hi, I am trying to build my first little project and I want to have upto 56 leds each with their own characteristic flashing sequence.

    Is there any standard microcontrollers out there that I could use? The thought of building a microcontroller scares me.

    Thanks
     
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    You can use any µC with at least 15 free I/O ports. Use them as one 8 bit port and one 7 bit port and use multiplexing to drive the LEDs in a 7*8 matrix.

    See this reference.
     
  3. jimcanswim

    jimcanswim

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    Wow that reference you sent was awesome, where do I get something like that?

    Do you think I would be aple to have flying leads to the LEDs which I want to mount on a separate art piece?

    I didn't understand any of the tech speak as I'm a noob, so please be gentle and speak slowly :)
     
  4. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    Buy the kit right there.

    I don't know. Are you able? :D
    Of course you can do that. It just takes some careful work to connect all those wires correctly.
     
  5. jimcanswim

    jimcanswim

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    I mean, can you pull the leds out or are they soldered in place?
     
  6. Harald Kapp

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    You'll have to solder the kit yourself. So don't solder the LEDs into the PCB in the first place but use wires to connect them. May look a bit messy but possible.
     
  7. jimcanswim

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    thanks for that. Do you know the physical dimensions of peggy?
     
  8. pwdixon

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    Did you read the ref webpage? It is there.
     
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